Saturday, December 15, 2018
Finished page ten tonight. Creating the digital file was a bit of a pain - I had to create a lot of correction layers to make it match the original as best I could. All the colors lean towards a yellow-green. What's interesting with this color theory is that turquoise appears blue. The blue jeans on the cyclops is actually a turquoise color. The cyclops in the center has the darkest values and the most saturated colors, making him the subject. The fox is still high contrast but I decided he was a bit too small to be the subject of the painting. In the next painting I will have lots of vibrant blues and violets. It should be the most colorful illustration yet! Stay tuned.
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Finished the illustration for page nine tonight. Surprisingly not a whole lot of edits to the digital scan. The only colors that had to be adjusted were the yellow-oranges and magenta. The color is punched up in this one whereas the first seven illustrations are fairly muted. I did this by mixing in some primary cyan into the payne's grey/ burnt sienna paint that I use for the initial underpainting. Depending on the color theory, I will mix different colors into the payne's grey when i do the underpainting from now on. It certainly makes the illustration much more vibrant. It is okay for the first few pages to be more subtle and muted since that is really the setup for the story. The remaining pages should be more brighter particularly if they are exciting action scenes like this one.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Finished page eight tonight. This illustration was fairly easy to render, except for the fox because of his small size and amount of detail. Overall it was quite fun to paint, probably one of the more detailed pages out of the bunch. This illustration really represents a D&D party - Barbarian (tiger), Thief (fox), Knight/ Fighter (rabbit aka Maximus) and Wizard (Raccoon). I am aware that I am missing a cleric, I considered adding a fifth party member but it felt too cramped on the page. I will start on page nine this week after I finish lesson plans. Still moving at a steady pace, I am learning more and more with each illustration I create.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
I finished page seven tonight. Fairly simple composition but it still took a fair amount of time to paint mostly because of the amount of detail in the treasure. Not much prismacolor in this one, only a little bit of texture in the fur. There is quite a lot of opaques in the foreground, especially on the coins. I had no issues with the rabbit after scanning the illustration but the yellows in the gold were way too dark and too saturated. I had to shift it to yellow-orange to match my original better. Scanning artwork is always a little bit of a hassle because I almost always have to create a digital version with correction layers that better match the colors in my original.
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
I finished page six tonight. I seem to be finishing these at a pace of one illustration every week and a half or so. This probably means I won't have all of my illustrations done until sometime next spring. Good news is that I am now getting a rhythm going and that usually means I will be able to speed up some. This painting was fun and I am pleased with the results. The main challenge as far as design was concerned was to make sure the bears pop off the trees and the rabbit pop off the bears. There are two levels of grey behind the rabbit.
Sunday, September 2, 2018
I finished the illustration for page five tonight. This one was a lot easier for me to think about in terms of design and color theory. Initially I thought the brick background might be too busy but I fixed that issue by lightening the line art. Not a whole lot of opaque paint on this one except for fur texture. I start creating lesson plans for art classes this week. I still plan on finishing at least one painting a week. Saturday and Sundays will be used to create lesson plans. We will see how things go as the school year progresses.
Friday, August 24, 2018
Here is the finished illustration for page four. This one had a much more challenging composition since the background was not just flat, open space. It was important to always be wary when painting the background around the rabbit and never go too dark. I always paint these illustrations background to foreground. As I was painting the background, I initially thought I went too dark. It was not until I started painting with payne's grey on the rabbit that I realized that light fluffy colors cannot compete with the really dark pigments. Overall it went well, I only wished I painted this a little faster. So far it seems that one week is the time I need to be satisfied with a finished painting. I would like to narrow that done to four or five days. I start page five tomorrow!